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Artistic expression has been the definitive element of my life for as long as I can recall. Encouraged by my mother, also an artist, I started keeping a sketchbook at an early age, working on drawings and paintings, taking every art class I could.  But as college approached art didn’t seem like a good choice for a major.  Then one day in my second year as a student at the University of Vermont I happened upon a ceramics class firing a raku kiln behind the art building:  smoke and fire and students moving with purpose.  One look and I was hooked.

 

 From that moment on I focused on art, and went on to obtain a Master of Fine Arts degree from Rutgers University.  Now, how to make a living?  Fortune shined in an out-of-the-blue job offer to work at a small tile manufacturing studio in Buck’s County, Pennsylvania.  I got my hands back in clay and began learning traditional tile making techniques.  So much to learn:  elements of design, glaze chemistry, kiln firing, tile and mosaic installation.  A door had opened on a whole new world, the art of tile.

 

Eventually I was ready to start my own studio.  I picked the name based on my love of terra cotta clay and nature:  Eartha Handmade Tile.  My little studio in Southern Maryland is located in a funky purple building outfitted with thrift store chandeliers and a deck filled with flowers.  My sweet dog Uma comes with me to work every day (lucky me).

 

I am inspired by my backyard, birds and other creatures, stars in the dark night sky, the simple beauty of everyday objects, art history and poetry . . . the list goes on and on!   My tiles and mosaics combine sophisticated design with vibrant color and a sense of space.  They are exhibited in shops and galleries throughout the US, and are installed in many private residences.

 

In the spirit of the words of environmentalist Rachel Carson:  “Drink in the beauty and wonder at the meaning of everything you see.”